Making salsa is really simple and very cost effective. This batch cost around $1. 50 and is worth every penny!
I like spicy food, but if you want a milder version take the seeds out of the chilies and only use 1.
1 T oil
1 T coriander seeds ( or ground coriander )
1 t cumin seeds
2 T chili powder
1 large onion
5 Serrano or Jalapeno Peppers
1 t Tony’s Cajun Seasoning or Salt
Around ½ cup water
28 oz can tomatoes and their juice, crushed with your hands
5 cloves garlic. chopped
Stems from 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
Juice of 2 limes or 2 T balsamic or apple cider vinegar ( don’t forget to peel your limes and save the zest in the freezer! )
Over medium heat, add the oil and spices. Toast for several minutes or until very fragrant. Add the Onions and peppers along with the salt and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often adding water to keep the mixture from burning. Next add the tomatoes , cover and turn heat down to medium low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Take off heat, stir in the garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Puree in a food processor or blend. I used a hand blender. Allow Salsa to cool then taste and add more salt if needed.
My salsa has been known to cause major fights between my brother and SIL. I used to give them a big batch and they would have to share; but now I have to give them each their own!
The great thing about salsa, is can serve as a base for BBQ sauce. Simply take 1 cup of salsa, add two T dijon mustard, pinch stevia or around 2 T brown sugar, 1 T molasses, a pinch of allspice and 1/2 t liquid smoke. Brush over seitan or frozen tofu drained of water and bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
It can also serve as a base for Indian Curries. Per cup of salsa, add 1 T curry powder and pinch of cinnamon along with a hefty dose of fresh ginger. Curry in a hurry. Bake up some tofu or stir fry some veggies and chickpeas and finish it off with the sauce and you will have a fast, delicious dinner with amazing depth of flavor.
What is your favorite thing to do with salsa?
In case you missed my last post, I shared my recipe for Vegan, Gluten and Soy Free Brownies!